New poll shows Teachout leading Faso, Saratoga County budget to exceed tax cap, Franco movie continues filming in Troy

Teachout/Faso
A new poll shows Zephyr Teachout with a slight lead over John Faso in the race for the 19th Congressional District seat.[WNYT][TU]

Albany trash fee
A look at the proposals on the table for amending or eliminating Albany's trash fee.[WNYT]

Schenectady officer linked to gay porn films
According to a report in the Times Union, a counterfeit check has led authorities to investigate a Schenectady police officer's alleged connection to the gay porn industry and a forgery case. (This is a wild story. But the third and
fourth paragraphs are quite an accusation citing only a vague anonymous source.) [TU]

Saratoga County budget
The proposed $297.6 million Saratoga County budget will exceed the proposed tax cap but comes with a hike of less than 2 percent. [Saratogian][TU]

111th Assembly race
The 111th Assembly race once again pits Democrat Angelo Santabarbara against Republican challenger Pete Vroman. [Gazette]

Saratoga County Legionnaire's investigation
Officials are investigating a possible outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in Saratoga Springs after 12 patients were found to have the pneumonia-like illness -- 7 of whom spent time at the Wesley Health Care Center recently and six others who have a connection to Wesley Nursing Home. [TU]

SUV hits gas line
Seven people were evacuated from their homes in Schenectady's Mont Pleasant neighborhood after a vehicle hit an apartment building and ruptured a gas line. [TU]

Assault/Attempted robbery
Police are looking for the man who punched a woman in the head inside of a Grove Street laundromat in an attempt to steal her cell phone. [TU]

Halloween stabbing
Colonie police continue to search for the person who stabbed a 17-year-old in Colonie on Halloween night. [TWCN]

Another water main break
+25 homes on 1st Street in Albany were affected on Tuesday as crews repaired another water main break in the city. [TU]

SUNY Poly plans revamped
Howard Zemsky, CEOof Empire State Development, is planning to unveil the overhaul of SUNY Poly's economic development operations later in November, less than two months after SUNY Poly president Alain Kaloyeros was arrested for alleged bid rigging. [TU]

Momentive
A strike is looming at Momentive and the company has sent its employees a primer on how to quit the union. [TU]

Tioga Downs
Tioga Downs, the last NY Casino approved for a license, is due to open later this month, which would make it the first one to open. [TU]

Rescue
State Forest rangers rescued three Capital Region campers who were trapped following a whiteout on Mount Marcy over the weekend. [TU]

Lincoln Park pool
The fate of Albany's Lincoln Park pool is up in the air after the pool was closed due to a water main break this summer and it was discovered that the 1930s era amenity was losing half-a -million gallons of water a day and could cost between $4-$5 million to repair or replace. [WNYT]

Sheehan's chief of staff moving on
Kathy Sheehan's chief of staff is leaving the city to take a job with state Assemblyman John McDonald. [TU]

James Franco watch
First Street in Troy will be closed again today for the filming of the James Franco movie, "The Pretenders." Meanwhile the Collar City is on Franco watch. [TU][TWCN]

Trooper helped bury dog
The Trooper who helped an elderly couple bury there fatally injured dog. [TU]

Local actor on Gotham
A young local actor gets a turn on Gotham[TWCN]

Johnny Evers of the Cubs
Capital Region Cubs fans have been visiting a Troy Cemetery and leaving trinkets at the headstone of the second baseman who helped the ball club win its last World Series in 1908. [TWCN]

Stuff happening today

Serve Albany
The Serve Albany initiative has event at the Albany Elks Lodge (25 South Allen St) that's like a job fair for local volunteer opportunities. More than 25 non-profits from the Albany area will there with info about volunteering. There will also be a talk by Albany mayor Kathy Sheehan, food from New World Catering, and music. Wednesday 5:30 pm -- free (registration encouraged)

Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow will be at the State Education Building in Albany for a conversation with Harold Holzer. He'll be receiving the 2016 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Chernow is famous for his 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton. It was a best seller when it was released -- and it became one again more recently because Lin-Manuel Miranda adapted it to become the Broadway megahit Hamilton. (He also served as a historical advisor to the show.) Chernow won the Pultizer Prize for this 2011 biography of George Washington, and he's currently working on one about Ulysses S. Grant. Wednesday 7 pm -- $20

Music

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at Upstate Concert Hall
Folk rock. With: Arkells, Will Varley. 8 pm -- $22 ahead / $25 day of

Henry Rollins at The Egg
On a spoken word tour. 8 pm -- $25

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